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Old Mar 26, 2012, 1:24 PM   #1
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I have an E-PL1 and there is an VF-2 for sale locally.
As you all know an LCD is NOT the greatest for taking pictures
The question is .
Is looking through the VF-2 similar to looking through a camera
with an optical viewfinder like my E-520 ?
Is it more clear than the LCD ?

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Old Mar 26, 2012, 4:52 PM   #2
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Looking through the VF-2 is nothing at all like an optical finder, but it is way better than the optical finders in the smaller Olympus DSLR bodies like the E420, E520 and E620.

Clarity-wise, the optical finders in the E-1, E3 and E5 DSLR's are very nice. The VF-2 finder is very close in size to the E5 finder. Some things are better than the optical finder, some are worse.

The VF-2 is a very high resolution electronic finder. Very easy to manually focus, especially once you figure out how to use the zoom-in feature to make tiny manual focus adjustments just stupid easy compared to most any optical finder.

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The VF-2 makes exposure setting very easy since you see the scene as it would be captured based on the cameras current settings, just like the back LCD, but much nicer being able to do it with the camera up to your eye for anyone (me) not particularly found of shooting via the back LCD.

Rapid fire continuous shooting is a huge downfall with the EVF's. They do not stay "live" when shooting bursts, so following fast-moving action is practically impossible, even with the most recent E-P3, which is much improved over the E-PL1. Depending on how much of that type shooting you do, it may or may not ever be an issue.
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Old Mar 27, 2012, 9:10 PM   #3
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Thank you for the reply Greg

I took a look at it . Put it on my E-PL1
Viewed with the VF-2
1 minute later " I'll take it "
I now have a VF-2 .

Money again is just disappearing from my Wallet

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Fred, you won't regret your purchase. Think of it as not money disappearing, instead think of it as clear focus, great framing "money" captures. This option really makes the pens come to life. Mine never comes off the camera. Have fun
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yeah I will concur that the ev-f is a great addition. Even if you aren't using manual focus lenses and need it for easier focus, if you ever plan to shoot outdoors in full sun you will absolutely need it as the LCDs on most any camera will not work well in this situation, let alone the lower resolution one on the e-pl1
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Fred, you won't regret your purchase. Think of it as not money disappearing, instead think of it as clear focus, great framing "money" captures. This option really makes the pens come to life. Mine never comes off the camera. Have fun
I took some shots with the VF-2 this evening .
Compared to the E-PL1 LCD and the VF-2. A big WOW Factor for the VF-2
Yes money well spent.

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if you ever plan to shoot outdoors in full sun you will absolutely need it as the LCDs on most any camera will not work well in this situation, let alone the lower resolution one on the e-pl1
Most of my shooting is out doors the VF-2 will come in handy

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Congratulations, Fred. While I haven't tried Sony's latest and best EVFs yet, the Oly VF-2 is the best EVF I have personally used. I'm sure you'll love yours. Enjoy.
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the one downside to the VF-2 I noticed is that battery life takes a noticeable hit. I highly recommend packing extra batteries and turning the low battery warning to 5.

I have been using and really like these fwiw, the charger is soo much smaller it can actually be easily put in the camera bag.

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